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Robert S. Davis papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-115

Scope and Contents

This collection contains research notes amassed by Robert S. Davis regarding his study of Joseph Ritchey and Harrison E. Lewis. The research material includes census records, newspaper clippings, and family records as well as correspondence that documents Robert S. Davis' research and publishing.


  • 1938-2012


Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.

Biographical / Historical

Robert S. Davis, director of the Family and Regional History Program and professor of Genealogy, Geography, and History at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. He authored "Joe Ritchey of Tennessee: An American Desperado in Legends, Newspapers, And a Federal Pension File," an article published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly in 2009. Davis also published "The Old Soldier's Story: Harrison E. Lewis Faces a Murder Charge in Chattanooga, 1931” in the Chattanooga Regional Historical Journal in 2005. During the course of his research for the two aforementioned articles, Davis ammased a collection of research notes and correspondence related to his articles.

Joseph Ritchey was an outlaw in Hamilton County, Tennessee. He was born in 1840 and died in 1876.

Harrison E. Lewis was a self-proclaimed Indian fighter, war veteran, and author.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 Boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Robert S. Davis donated to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2010 January 21 and 2012 October 9.

Processing Information

The processing of this collection is complete.

Robert S. Davis papers
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Collection Area Details

Part of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Manuscript Collections Collection Area

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